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what do you think
God is asking of us
at this time in Australia?
In 2020, we will have a Plenary Council about the future of the Catholic Church in Australia. It has been 80 years since this last took place. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage people in conversations about God and the Church.
Around Australia people are being invited to engage in reflective discernment and discussion about God and the future of the Church in Australia. There are a number of facilitator and discussion guides available to download and use locally.
The Archbishop's Office for Evangelisation will be hosting a number of information sessions about the Plenary process in August. Find one near you or perhaps link in with a local parish who has already begun discussing how they might get involved.
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HAPPENING AROUND MELBOURNE
Upcoming Listening & Dialogue Sessions: LEMs (28 August) | Young Adults (13 September)
From now until Ash Wednesday 2019, everyone is invited to take part in the Listening and Dialogue phase, reflecting on the plenary question: “What do you think God is asking of us at this time in Australia?” The Secretariat for Lay Ecclesial Ministry is hosting a session for Pastoral Workers, Pastoral Associates and Lay Chaplains on 28 August. The Archdiocesan Office for Youth is hosting a session on 13 September for Young Adults.
ACU Short Course: Listening to the Spirit: Towards the 2020 Plenary Council (Wednesday 1, 8, 15 & 22 August)
ACU is hosting a four-week short course on exploring the future of the Church in Australia, with a specific focus on the 2020 Plenary Council. Topics covered include the future of Catholic education (by Dr Paul Sharkey Director, Catholic Education Services, Catholic Education Melbourne), the mission of the Church in the 21st century, and a week four listening and dialogue session led by Dr Joel Hodge.
9, 11, 30 August ---
The Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation is hosting a number of briefing sessions around the Archdiocese in the month of August. These sessions will offer an overview of the Plenary process as well as an experience of the facilitated listening that is being asked to take place between now and Ash Wednesday 2019. We encourage you to attend this session along with fellow parishioners, family members, colleagues and friends.
Need-to-know Facilitation Skills
Key to the listening and dialogue conversations is the role of the Facilitator, who guides the process and ensures everyone has their say.
of CatholicCare Melbourne discusses important aspects of the Facilitator's role -- offering tips that will help encourage open, honest sharing. Rhyannon stresses that the Facilitator's role includes three things: 1) Engaging the group; 2) Managing the group, and; 3) Knowing how to close the group.
Fr Kevin Lenehan reflects on spiritual discernment in leadership
Rev. Dr Kevin Lenehan is Associate Dean (Post-Graduate and Research) at the Catholic Theological College in Melbourne. Here he discusses some of the challenges of exercising Christian Leadership in a pluralistic society like Australia, and how we need to "learn again the skills of spiritual discernment within our faith tradition." A timely message as we venture through this listening and dialogue phase of the Plenary Council 2020.
Cathy Jenkins, Coordinator for Melbourne's participation in the Plenary Council 2020
The last time the Catholic Church in Australia held a Plenary Council was more than eighty years ago -- much has changed since! Cathy Jenkins, Director of the Archbishop's office for Evangelisation and Coordinator for Melbourne's participation in the Plenary Council 2020, reflects on the significance of this national invitation to listening and dialogue:
The Art of Listening: In prayer and to each other
The first phase of the Plenary Council 2020 is the
Listening and Dialogue
phase. In this video, Michelle and Trevor D'Souza, parishioners of St Mary's Greensborough, reflect on the art of good listening -- in their own prayer lives and in their marriage of 25 years.
Fr Dishan Candappa responds to Plenary2020
"What do you think God is asking of us at this time in Australia?"
That is the question being asked around the country in preparation for the Plenary Council 2020. Here, Fr Dishan Candappa, Parish Priest of Gladstone Park provides his reflections...
Parish Priest Fr Hien Vu
Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, President of the Plenary Council, is inviting people around the country to embark on this important time of listening and prayer. Parish Priest Fr Hien Vu has translated Archbishop Costelloe's message for the Vietnamese community here in Melbourne:
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